Goldmark - Die Konigin von Saba | CPO 5550132

Goldmark - Die Konigin von Saba

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5550132

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st July 2016

Contents

Artists

Karoly Szemerdy
Jin Seok Lee
Irma Mihelic
Nuttaporn Thammathi
Kevin Moreno
Katerina Hebelkova
Kim-Lillian Strebel
Andrei Yvan
Opern- und Extrachor des Theater Freiburg
Vokalensemble der Hochschule für Musik Freiburg
Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg

Conductor

Fabrice Bollon

Works

Goldmark, Karl

Die Konigin von Saba, op.27 (The Queen of Sheba)

Artists

Karoly Szemerdy
Jin Seok Lee
Irma Mihelic
Nuttaporn Thammathi
Kevin Moreno
Katerina Hebelkova
Kim-Lillian Strebel
Andrei Yvan
Opern- und Extrachor des Theater Freiburg
Vokalensemble der Hochschule für Musik Freiburg
Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg

Conductor

Fabrice Bollon

About

This month brings yet another operatic wonder from Freiburg, again conducted by Fabrice Bollon. Karl Goldmark’s Die Königin von Saba (The Queen of Sheba) became one of the most-performed operas of the turn of the century. The Queen of Sheba, a ravishing femme fatale, accepts King Solomon’s invitation to come from Sheba to Jerusalem, and the young Assad falls madly in love with her along the way. Whenever the two are alone, she makes no secret of her love for him, but in public she denies that she has ever met him or has tender feelings for him. Languishing in melancholy and grief, the unhappy male lover in the end finds only one way out: death for love.

Reviews

The new recording hails from Freiburg and the same team that gave us CPO’s much-admired Francesca da Rimini earlier this year (1/16). The two sets share the same conductor in Fabrice Bollon, and hence a number of similarities in approach: subtlety in music that can turn bombastic if insensitively handled; orchestral refinement and a refusal to indulge in melodrama or crude effects; and singing of great authority from a uniformly fine, if unfamiliar cast, who more than adequately meet the score’s challenges.  Tim Ashley
Gramophone Awards issue 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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